Possible New Pool In Central FL

jimmythegreek

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You could get an oversize harbor freight cheapo tarp amd a sump pump if you have that much rain. You can flash the dig if your gunite guys are avail or schedule it tight. Make sure the steel crew does good job amd you will pass your inspection. Have them back to back days
 

Tegguy

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Oct 27, 2019
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Winter Garden FL
Hoping to get a back to back schedule to support everything but there are 2 things that scare me

1) cave ins
2) shell popping

We don't typically get a ton of rain but it comes in heavy spurts
 

Tegguy

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Oct 27, 2019
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Winter Garden FL
Well they finished digging today but didn't get to the steel unfortunately. Of course right when they finish digging it decides to rain OMG who said this was going to be stressful. Between the rain right now and the storm in the Atlantic this is a wee bit stressful. Hoping to be in gunite by Sat but don't know if that'll happen.

On a funny note they did find a license plate. No car but a license plate. Also ironically they didn't hit any sprinkler lines.
 

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kimkats

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That is some fine pressure right there!!

Look at that pool taking shape!!!! Does it measure out? Length, Depth, width? Add about 6" for shell and plaster.
 

Tegguy

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Oct 27, 2019
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Winter Garden FL
Yeah everything measures just about right with the exception of the transition point between shallow and deep. We wanted 12 feet of shallow before starting the ramp but ended up with around 8 (standard dig for them even though I asked for different). We're just going to live with it and I'll see if the gunite company can maybe build it up a little.
 

Tegguy

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Oct 27, 2019
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Winter Garden FL
So I just checked the pressures and it appears we lost 8-10 PSI of pressure overnight. It's still above the 35 PSI requirement but I think I need them to come out and check the plumbing before gunnite.
 

PoolBrews

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Oct 16, 2019
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The Villages, Florida
With regards to your question on heat pump vs gas, here in central FL, I would go with the heat pump. It works great year round and costs far less to run. I would get the largest heat pump you can find - I think that will be a 140K or 144K unit depending on the manufacturer. The larger units are more efficient, and will heat your pool faster.

I have a Hayward heat pump - no issues to date. Works as expected. If I were replacing now, I would look at the AquaCal HeatWave SuperQuiet Heat Pump 143K BTU. Based on the specs, it's more efficient than either the Hayward or Pentair units and, more importantly, is 10 dB quieter.

Having the heat pump be from the same manufacturer is not as important as the VS pump or salt cell. The automation can only turn it on or off and set it to a given temp.
 

Tegguy

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Oct 27, 2019
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Winter Garden FL
With regards to your question on heat pump vs gas, here in central FL, I would go with the heat pump. It works great year round and costs far less to run. I would get the largest heat pump you can find - I think that will be a 140K or 144K unit depending on the manufacturer. The larger units are more efficient, and will heat your pool faster.

I have a Hayward heat pump - no issues to date. Works as expected. If I were replacing now, I would look at the AquaCal HeatWave SuperQuiet Heat Pump 143K BTU. Based on the specs, it's more efficient than either the Hayward or Pentair units and, more importantly, is 10 dB quieter.

Having the heat pump be from the same manufacturer is not as important as the VS pump or salt cell. The automation can only turn it on or off and set it to a given temp.
Thanks we decided to go with the aquacal SQ166R
 

Tegguy

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Oct 27, 2019
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Winter Garden FL
Well today was a bit of an interesting day we didn't pass but we also didn't fail inspection. The inspector came out nice and early this morning to look over everything and everything looked good but he questioned our back wall since it was 4' above grade and the print had 2' (wall was supposed to be 2' above water level) and he also questioned the steel in the spa and wondered if the back wall should match the rest of the back of the pool. This wasn't a failure he just wanted confirmation that the engineer was still good with everything and offered to come back later in the day.

I was able to get a response from the engineer around 2PM and it said the middle wall was good as is but wanted the back spa wall and bench to match the rest of the back. The wall wasn't a surprise and the steel company actually came out ahead of the engineering and made the change in anticipation (also just to cover us either way) the bench steel kinda threw everyone for a loop as no one had seen it before.

Inspector stopped back back at 3:30 and unfortunately the steel guys couldn't get out here in time so he was unable to pass it due to not being able to see the spa bench detail. The steel crew showed up about 10 minutes after he left and they are working on it now. I'll call the inspector at 8AM tomorrow and see if he'll come out to look at it.

Plumber will be out here tomorrow as well and depending on how everything goes we might have gunite late tomorrow or Saturday.

I did talk to the LDS owner about the transition and they don't know what happened becuase everything was marked but it looks like the transition slope went long. They'll come out before gunite and add a little more steel in to extend the shallow end form another 2 feet and we'll shoot some extra gunite to resolve it.